Characteristics: We enter into the month of Cheshvan. It is the 8th month on the Hebrew calendar. Eight symbolizes new beginnings; authority; transcend limits; make fat; new birth.
“Look, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming. Do you not see it? Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19
- A few verses before that He reminds Israel of all He has done for them the miraculous way He delivered them out of Egypt and overthrew their enemies.
- And then He says “But forget all that – it’s nothing compared to what I am going to do!
- It would be easy to just camp right there, to live on the past miracles, on His past wonders that He has done for us. But He is saying to forget all that!
- The New American Standard version says not to “ponder the things of the past”
- NIV says not to “dwell on the past” As wonderful as the past miracles were, He is wanting to do new things, fresh things for us, things that will surpass the old things He has done.
- Remembering the past, keeps us looking backwards.
- God wants us to look ahead in expectancy for what He wants to do now and in our future.
The word “new” in this passage means:
- New- Each day learn “new things” in His Word, new areas of grace that belong to you, peace, prosperity, divine health (not just healing!).
- Fresh- Study His Word, the mind is renewed, old thought patterns and wrong traditions (doctrines of unbelief) that I’ve learned have to be cast down and replaced with right believing.
- Renew- The word “renewal” implies a repairing or a replacement of something; renewing our minds.
Genesis 7/8- the flood begins and ends
1 Kings 6:38- Solomon finishes the temple after 7 years
Only month that has no holidays.
Digest what you’ve heard.
Tribe: Manasseh – to forget to leap up and away.
- Manasseh was the first born son of Joseph.
- This tribe had no male heir but appealed to Moses and was granted inheritance in the Promised Land.
- Gideon from this tribe. They fought with David at Ziklag.
- Manasseh and his brother Ephraim were adopted by Isaac and received Joseph’s inheritance and became tribes like 10 of Joseph’s brothers…they represent the next generation.
- They were adopted in and received the same responsibilities and blessings as the older generation. Benjamin, Ephraim and Manasseh were grouped together as 1 tribe on the west side of the Tabernacle. They were the youngest and smallest of tribes. Their responsibility in war was to defend the Holy things of the Tabernacle. This is a beautiful picture of the responsibilities of the next generation; they have to be taught to guard what is holy.
- Are we training this next generation to guard what is holy? By teaching them who they are in Christ and teaching them how to guard that identity and the inheritance through that identity that belongs to them.
Constellation: (the Scorpion) Luke 10:19, read about the snake in the Garden of Eden.
Alphabet: NUN- The Messiah